Jurgen Klopp has revealed what he told Ben Woodburn on Tuesday night, after the 17-year-old became Liverpool's youngest ever scorer by netting against Leeds in the EFL Cup quarter-final.
Rather than heaping praise on the teenager for breaking his duck so early, Klopp told the press that he skimped on the praise somewhat - but assured the journalists that he and his staff know how to deal with a promising youngster.
"I said well done," he revealed, "but it was not too difficult. I would have scored if I was in that situation! Nothing what we say here is important enough to help Ben Woodburn or myself. It’s all good.We know how to handle the situation.
"I can say whatever I want but if he scores goals it’s difficult to stay cool from your side, no problem. But tonight it was very important that we could have him on the bench and bring him in the game because of our situation in the offensive department. So it’s very important for us today and he scored a goal, that makes it much more enjoyable.”
Reds youngsters Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ovie Ejaria also put in good performances against the Championship playoff hopefuls, with Klopp adding: "All the young boys did very well, in a very important game. It’s a quarter-final.
4 months ago I was getting megged on our school Astro by Ben Woodburn and now he's just scored for Liverpool, heavy— Sam Evans (@samevans1906) November 29, 2016
“I’ve said a lot of times we don’t make line-ups because we don’t respect the tournament. We make changes to win the game. We needed fresh legs today. It was a mixture of youth and experience and it worked well.
“It was not too beautiful to watch in the first half. But eight changes, it’s not easy. We could have been better. We could have been more creative. We could have showed more greed in final third in the first half.
“But it was difficult for Leeds to defend 90 minutes against our passing game. Second half we did better. We tried to change a bit at half-time, but it was a really tough game. Leeds are really strong, but they couldn’t show us tonight. That is the biggest compliment for my team.”
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